By Emmanuel Aziken
Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, has withdrawn from today’s rescheduled ward congress of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying that the decision to hold the congress in the face of pending litigations was subjudice.
Ndoma-Egba’s withdrawal followed the decision of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the PDP to repeat the congress despite claims by the senator and his associates that the congresses held on November 1, 2014 were properly conducted.
Their position had been disputed by associates of Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State.
Senator Ndoma-Egba, in a statement yesterday, said he would not breach the integrity of the judiciary by participating in the planned repeated congress.
He said: “I will not be participating in the rescheduled Ward Congresses for Cross River State by the PDP scheduled to hold on Monday (today). I know, of a fact, that the issue of the November 1,2014 Ward Congresses in Cross River State is sub judice as it is the subject of pending litigations before a Federal High Court in Abuja and the Cross River State High Court. I also know that the court had, before the congresses were rescheduled to November 24, issued hearing notices to the parties to the suit that judgment will be delivered on November 24.
“I am a lawyer of 36 years standing, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Leader of the Senate, Nigeria’s highest law making body. I, therefore, will not do anything to undermine the sanctity of our judicial process and the judiciary.”